The Health of Māori Adults and Children
This brief paper presents key findings about the health and wellbeing of Māori adults and children in 2011/12. These results come from the New Zealand Health Survey.
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Overview of key findings
Health behaviours and risk factors
- There have been improving trends for the age at which Māori babies are fed solid food.
- Māori and other adults have similar levels of physical activity and vegetable intake.
- One in five Māori children, and two in five Māori adults, are obese. These rates are higher than the national average.
- Two in five Māori adults smoke.
Health status and conditions
- Almost all Māori children aged 0–14 years were in good health, according to their parents.
- Many health conditions are more common for Māori adults than other adults. These include ischaemic heart disease, stroke, diabetes, medicated high blood pressure, chronic pain and arthritis.
- Asthma affects nearly one in five Māori adults and children.
Access to health care
- Māori have a higher level of unmet need for health care than other people.
- Cost prevented 23% of Māori adults, and 8% of Māori children, from visiting a GP when they needed to, in the past 12 months.
- Many Māori adults (18%) and children (12%) did not collect a prescription item in the past 12 months due to the cost.
- Māori are more likely than other people to have had a tooth removed due to poor oral health in the past 12 months.
- Most Māori adults (73%) only visit a dental health care worker for dental problems, or they never visit.